The Sky Blues have made an excellent start to the season under new boss Manuel Pellegrini and are firmly in the hunt for the Premier League title at the halfway stage of the season.
Despite having a wealth of talented and experienced names in his squad, the Chilean is rumoured to be unhappy with the lack of depth and quality in defence, which was, to a degree, exposed earlier in the campaign when Vincent Kompany was absent through injury.
City produced a number of shaky displays without their captain, which has led to talk that Pellegrini may look to bolster his options in the coming transfer window.
Dante has emerged as a target, with the Brazilian ace having been impressive for Bayern Munich.
The 30-year-old has been a key member of the European champions’ starting XI for some time, earning rave reviews for his displays in big matches along the way.
City are hopeful that they may be able to tempt the classy defender to the Etihad Stadium with the promise of a lucrative contract and a genuine shot at Premier League glory.
Kurt Zouma of Saint Etienne is also a target.